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Bills third entering final round of OGA

EAGLE POINT ' Brad Bills of Rogue Valley Country Club remained in contention in the Oregon Golf Association Men's Stroke Play Championship Saturday.

Bills shot an even-par 72 at Eagle Point Golf Club, placing him alone in third place as today's final round unfolds.

The score was one shot better than his opening round Friday and left Bills two shots off the lead.

Cody Hermeling of Columbia Edgewater came in at — under Saturday and leads with a 143.

Ian Hagen of Eastmoreland was another shot back at 144. He also shot 71 Saturday.

The three leaders will tee off in the final group at 10 a.m. today.

Only a handful of area players made the cut to the top 40, which came at 157.

Marty Morlan of Eagle Point is at 152, and Bret Breeze of RVCC is at 157.

Grants Pass' Joe Rossknecht (154) and Erik Hill (155) also made it to today.

In the senior division, RVCC's Bob Harrell is alone in fourth place, seven shots behind leader Chris Maletis of Langdon Farms.

Maletis is at 141, followed by Dick Iverson of Rose City (144), Denny Taylor of Pleasant Valley (145) and Harrell (148), with a 74 Saturday.

Harrell is in the next-to-last senior group today at 7:36 a.m.

Two other RVCC players made the cut to the top 17: David Boals Jr. (152) and Dale Harkin (157).

From Grants Pass, Dave Wittkopf (152) and Terry Faulkner (154) advanced.

Ron Reidlinger of Arrowhead was the last player to make the senior cut, due in large part to a hole-in-one on the 177-yard 13th hole.

There were 147 players who started in the open division, 162 in the seniors.

OPEN divISION

Top 40 make cut

Cody Hermeling 72-71'143, Ian Hagen 73-71'144, Brad Bills 73-72'145, Brad Mombert 74-72'146, Alan Minor 75-71'146, Carl Johnsen 77-69'146, Jim Dunlap 74-73'147, Ryan Fery 73-75'148, Brandon Richardson 73-75'148, Kyle Johnson 75-73'148, Daren Greig 72-77'149, Chance Holmes 75-74'149, Matt Klenz 80-69'149, Mark Thaxton 76-74'150, Jack Schneider 77-73'150, Adam Hagen 73-77'150, Bob Harrington 78-72'150, Tim O'Neal 78-73'151, Alden Peterson 77-74'151, Dane Leach 79-72'151.

Ross Barnes 75-77'152, Marty Morlan 78-74'152, Jordan Madison 78-75'153, Mike Olson 78-75'153, Ted Whitney 79-74'153, Joe Rossknecht 77-77'154, Jimmy White 80-74'154, Sean Deacon 78-76'154, Jason Basile 78-77'155, Erik Hill 73-82'155, Kurt Schneider 78-77'155, Adam Martin 79-77'156, Barry Greig 77-79'156, Chris Dukeminier 76-80'156, Jeff Hanson 74-83'157, Marc Peterson 80-77'157, Bret Breeze 78-79'157, Jason Humphrey 80-57'157, Justin St. Clair 79-78'157, Doug Nelson 83-74'157.

SENIOR MEN

Top 17 Make Cut

Chris Maletis 68-73'141, Dick Iverson 71'73'144, Denny Taylor 75-72'147, Bob Harrell 74-74'148, Gary Schilling 77-73'150, Jim Tatum 75-76'151, Ray Torgerson 77-74'151, David Boals Jr. 75-77'152, Dave Wittkopf 77-75'152, Gary Lukas 76-78'154, Terry Faulkner 77-77'154, Mike Stoll 77-79'156, Dale Harkin 80-77'157, Jim Hansen 78-80'158, Mark Reed 81-78'159, Dave Coffin 83-77'160, Ronald Reidlinger 85-77'162.

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Softball

U-14 ASA NATIONAL TOURNAMENT ' At Sante Fe, N.M., the Crater Comets split a pair of games and were eliminated from the 58-team fast-pitch event Saturday.

The Comets finished with a 4-3 overall record, which included two games in pool play.

Few of these kids have been to a tournament at a level like this before, Crater coach Chris Arnold said. The group as a whole stepped up its performance. Of course, we were disappointed when we lost our last game, but we kept our composure.

The Comets crushed Ashland, Neb., 15-0 in their opening game of the day.

Crater collected 14 hits in the four-inning contest.

Pitcher Kelsey Heider, from Eagle Point, allowed just one hit and struck out five.

Andrea Bacon went 3-for-4 with two doubles and five RBIs to pace the attack. Ashley Imus also went 3-for-4 and Kirsten Davidson added two hits.

Los Alamitos from Southern California eliminated the Comets, 8-0.

Davidson had a double to account for one of the Comets' four hits.